Economics

Free Trade With China Wasn't Such a Great Idea for the U.S.

Economists ignore how much harm was done to workers.

Americans once worked here.

Photographer: Bryan Mitchell/bloomberg

In his recent book "Economics Rules," Harvard economist Dani Rodrik laments how economists often portray a public consensus while disagreeing strongly in private. In effect, economists behave like scientists behind closed doors, but as preachers when dealing with the public.

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